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In the short story The Gift of the Magi written by O Henry Mr and Mrs James Dillingham Young are in for a big surprise At Christmastime they each make a sacrifice that is hard to bear but the results show that it pays off The hard trials they must endure make them realize that unconditional love is more important than material possessions Since Jim and Della live in a dilapidated flat they obviously dont have a lot of money In order to give a gift each one sold his or her most prized possession This shows extreme selflessness Giving up such a central thing in their lives was an amazing feat However with their newfound money they bought each other something that can only be utilized with their recently sold possession In doing this they didnt demonstrate that they thought a whole lot of the other person Jim illustrated that he thought that Dellas life was centered on her beautiful hair while Della showed that she thought the same of Jim and his watch This just proves that all in all love can be confusing and silly The Gift of the Magi is ironic at every turn Dellas hair would be made even more beautiful with the tortoise shell combs Jim buys her Even without these additions her hair is compared to the glamorous Queen of Sheba Her majesty would have been living in a run down flat just like Della Like this could ever happen With her jewels and riches the Queen of Sheba wouldnt have lived in squalor but the story definitely makes it believable Had King Solomon been the janitor with all his treasures piled up in the basement Jim would have pulled out his watch every time he passed just to see him pluck at his beard from envy Even though this isnt likely it is quite imaginable that King Solomon is envious of Jims watch No doubt this watch
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